residential sprinklers

Emergency Prevention

Travis County ESD#3’s Adopted Fire Code
Travis County Code Chapter 71 (Fire Code)



Residential Sprinkler Ordinance

The Travis County ESD#3 Board of Commissioners approved the new residential sprinkler ordinance on February 25, 2008.

This ordinance will require that builders offer their clients the option of a sprinkler system to be installed throughout new buildings and structures classified as one and two family dwellings. The ordinance is effective as of May 25, 2008.

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residential sprinklers


Construction Permitting Process
Fire Lane Installation Guide
Complaint-Request Form
Plan Review Application
Hazardous Materials Permit Application
Fire Prevention Permit Application
Fireworks Permit
Open Burning Rules
Fee Schedule (Updated June 2012)

Inspection Requests and Procedures

Fireworks Inspection Requirements

All inspection requests shall be coordinated through the Administration Office at (512) 288-5534 ext 102. Scheduling an inspection is subject to inspection availability. The following information must be provided in order to schedule an inspection:
Permit number
Address of project
Name of project
Fire Protection Contractor’s name and phone number
Type of inspection being requested

On-site inspection requirements are as follows:
Permit should be posted at the front entry of the building.
A set of approved plans with the signature of and comments by a representative of the emergency prevention division must be on-site at the time of inspection. This does not include shop drawings stamped by your company.
Provide all previous inspection tickets from the emergency prevention division with the permit packet.
Work that is to be inspected can not be covered up prior to inspection

General information is as follows:
All contractors must register with the emergency prevention division
All plan submittals must be accompanied by a Fire Protection Plan Review Application
All calculations must be signed by a licensed contractor
All plans submitted must be stamped and signed by a Texas State Licensed Fire Protection Contractor
All inspections require a set of approved plans on the job site. The Fire Inspector must sign all permits after each inspection.

Plans approved by Travis County ESD#3 give authorization for construction. Final approvals are subject to field verification. Any approval issued by the emergency prevention division does not release the contractor or property owner from the responsibility of full compliance with applicable codes and ordinances relating to the construction project. All installations must comply with the approved plans. Any deviation from the approved plans requires a re-submittal to the emergency prevention division.

Knox Security Rapid Access Products

Travis County ESD#3 participates in a program, “Knox”, that provides us with immediate access to your building 24 hours a day, without a security risk. The Knox Rapid Entry System for emergency access eliminates wasted time and confusion; firefighters have immediate access to your building where and when it’s needed.

Important reasons to install a KNOX-BOX:
Eliminate needless forced entry damage that may not be covered by your insurance deductible
Assure immediate building entry by firefighters without delay or waiting for building keys. Also satisfy local fire codes and emergency access ordinances
Save time and aggravation by not having to drive to your building early in the morning for a false alarm
Feel secure about emergency coverage when your building is left unattended. The fire department holds the only key to the KNOX-BOX
Depend on the highest lock box security available with attack-resistant, UL-tested reliability.

To purchase Knox Products, simply call our Emergency Prevention Division at (512) 288-5534 ext 102. We can help you order Knox boxes, gate switches, and padlocks.

Knox Information